We aren’t installing as many Solar Panels as our Eastern Cousins, new data from the Australian Clean Energy Regulator has reported. However Australia as a whole installed more household solar panels than anyone else in the world last year, according to data from the International Energy Agency.
Of the 750 000 Australian homes that now have Solar Panels on their roofs, only 104 000 are in WA.
These gains were due to our preference to install Solar panels on residential roofs, with other countries investing in larger scale plants.
”Australian support for solar has had a lot of support at the residential level, and all political parties in the country have supported residential solar. Elsewhere in the world, most policy is geared towards much larger-scale commercial projects.” Ric Brazzale reportedly said to the Sydney Morning Herald. Mr Brazzale is the president of the REC Agents Association, a body representing traders and creators of renewable energy certificates.
WA is one of the sunniest states in Australia, yet Queensland have installed more Solar Panels. Perth has over 300 days of sunshine. This means that for a vast majority of the year Solar Panels are creating energy, lowering the amount of time for a return on investment.
This investment by ordinary Australians is already having impacts on the need for new non-renewable energy investment, with the Australian Energy Market Operator finding that it has led to a five year investment delay in South Australia, meaning due to less demand less investment is needed in building new power stations.
So what explains WA’s lack of investment in Solar Panels? One is the government’s feed in tariff, which came into effect two years after South Australia and Queensland. Another could be the lack of competition in the WA electricity market.
Top Solar Postcodes
The postcode 6208 which includes Pinjarra, Oakley and Ravenswood, just south east of Mandurah has the best Solar Panel uptake in Western Australia, with 24.7% of residents having installed solar panels. This places them fourth in Australia, with Dubbo NSW taking the top spot with 28%.
Below is the list of the top 10 postcodes of WA courtesy of Energymatters.com.au:
1. – 6208 Pinjarra, Oakley, Blythewood, Ravenswood – 24.7%
2. – 6069 Ellenbrook, Brigadoon, The Vines – 23.8%
3. – 6155 Canning Vale, Willetton – 19.7%
4. – 6065 Ashby, Madeley, Sinagra, Wangara – 19.2%
5. – 6233 Australind, Binningup, Leschenault, Parkfield – 18.7%
6. – 6210 Dawesville, Falcon, Halls Head, Wannanup – 18.0%
7. – 6164 Atwell, Banjup, Hammond Park, Yangebup – 17.0%
8. – 6280 Ambergate, Busselton, Jindong, Kaloorup – 15.7%
9. – 6109 Maddington, Orange Grove – 15.7%
10. – 6111 Canning Mills, Champion Lakes, Karragullen – 15.7%
Sources: Sciencewa.net.au, Energymatters.com.au, Adelaidenow.com.au, SMH.com.au, cleanenergyregulator.gov.au